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A case study of bullying and other aggressive interactions among children in a public middle school
by Solis, Ana Lilia, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2009, 424; 3388403
Abstract (Summary)

There is extensive documentation that shows that bullying and other aggressive interactions are a general problem that happen persistently among school age children. This study examines the perception that students and school personnel from a public middle school in the United States had about this phenomenon. It examines (a) the pervasiveness of bullying, (b) forms in which bullying is expressed, (c) perceptions that school personnel and students have about bullying interactions and other aggressive behaviors, and (d) school factors contributing to bullying and other aggressive behaviors. Collection and analysis of data was based on an ecological model. The research techniques included interviews of 19 school staff, a survey of 55 students, analysis of the school's archival data, 30 hours of observations of students' interactions, and analysis of feedback from 591 students after class discussions on bullying. The qualitative and quantitative techniques used add awareness of the impact that bullying and other aggressive interactions have on the students. This study is part of a growing body of research on the incidence of school bullying. In using a variety of research techniques and including school staff and students; this study will contribute to future research on similar topics.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hill, Sylvia
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Social psychology
Keywords: Aggression, Aggressiveness among children, Aggressiveness in middle school, Bullying, Ecological approach to bullying, Middle school, School bullying
Publication Number: 3388403
ISBN: 978-1-109-54138-0
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